Jong-Jin Kim

Title: Assistant Director-General

Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

E-mail: [email protected]


Mr Jong-Jin Kim is the Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific since 1st July 2020.

Mr Kim, a national of the Republic of Korea, has a long and distinguished career in public service. He joined FAO in 2013 as Director of South-South Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Division (TCS) and immediately prior to his present appointment, he had been serving as FAO’s Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Just prior to joining FAO, Mr Kim served as the Deputy Minister for Trade at the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF) in Republic of Korea, from 2010 to 2013. Indeed, he began his career at MIFAFF in 1982, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, in particular Assistant Director and Director of diverse Divisions, including the Food Policy Division, the Rural Development Division and the Agricultural Policy Division.

From 2003 to 2004, Mr Kim served as Secretary-General of the Presidential Commission for Agriculture and Rural Policies and, in the following year, was appointed Minister-Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the World Trade Organization (WTO) agricultural affairs.

In 2008, Mr Kim was appointed Director-General of the International Cooperation Bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). In this role, he served as the Republic of Korea’s Head of agricultural negotiations in the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization (WTO/DDA). In addition, he also led various Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the United States, the European Union and other actors.

Mr Kim was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma State University in the United States, and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Korea University.


Remarks at the Asia-Pacific Regional Food Systems Dialogue

Ms. Agnes Kalibata, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the UN Food Systems SummitMs. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive-Secretary of ESCAPRegional Directors of...

Remarks at the FAO Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy High-level Launch Event

Director-General, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests and Colleagues First, let me congratulate the Director-General and the headquarters’ team for its leadership in moving the environmental management strategy forward....

Opening remarks for the 36th Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC)

Mr Mesak Pakdeekong, Director-General, Department of Fisheries Thailand and Chairman of the 36th Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission Distinguished delegates of APFIC member countries Representatives...

Message on World Health Day – Health Equity | FAO Input to WHO Asia-Pacific Event

1. Hundreds of millions remain under-nourished, while tens of millions are obese. To achieve health equity, we must start with nutrition and dietary equity in...

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In the media

Scoop World - Independent News

FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Republic of Korea


Let’s Get It Right This Time: Preparing for Food Systems in the Wake of COVID-19

Nikkei Asia

Food insecure Asians doubled to 265m in 2020: UN report

The Washington Post

UN: Pandemic, surging food prices leave many in Asia hungry

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